Rep. Rosa DeLauro, already reeling from this weekend’s shooting of her congressional colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, got more terrible news on Monday.

Her former chief of staff, Ashley Turton, a longtime Capitol Hill aide turned lobbyist, was found dead in her car on Monday morning. She was apparently involved in a low-speed crash that resulted in a fire.  

In a statement, DeLauro called Turton, who was married to a top White House staffer, a “comrade in arms” and a “member of our family.”

“She was special as a pioneering chief-of-staff who knew how to make the House of Representatives work for people,” DeLauro said. “This is truly a terrible week for our Congressional family.”

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